One person killed in motorcycle crash in east Columbus

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One person was killed in a motorcycle crash in east Columbus early Sunday morning.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. on Stelzer Road near East 7th Avenue.

Columbus Police said John Wharton was northbound on Stelzer Road when he lost control of his motorcycle.

Witnesses told police that Wharton was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control, leaving the roadway.

Police said his motorcycle went into a ditch and struck a small culvert, throwing Wharton from the bike.

The 29-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The northbound lanes of Stelzer Road were shut down following the crash.